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Upcoming K-State Research and Extension Events

K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
9/2/2015 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Loren Kisby - Prohoe

Let’s go to California, where firefighters are battling a wildfire with high quality hand tools produced by a company halfway across the nation in rural Kansas. These hand tools are also serving gardeners, growers and others around the nation and beyond.
9/2/2015 8:00:00 AM

Animal Welfare in Cattle Production Study, Part One Play Audio

K-State agricultural economists Melissa McKendree and Glynn Tonsor review the findings of a new study, which surveyed beef consumers and cow-calf producers for their viewpoints on animal welfare in cattle production...they say that the information from this study will be very useful for the beef industry in addressing the animal welfare interests of the consumer.

9/1/2015 7:00:00 PM

Animal Welfare in Cattle Production Study, Part Two Play Audio

McKendree and Tonsor continue their review.

9/1/2015 7:00:00 PM

Cattle Herd Expansion Well Underway, But Beef Supplies Remain Tight

U.S. cattle producers are responding to recent record-high prices by expanding their herds, but Americans’ appetite for beef will play a crucial role in how the larger supply will play out for the producer’s bottom line, according to a Kansas State University agricultural economist.
9/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

Climatologist Says Current El Niño Could Mean More Favorable Weather for Midwest Crops

Much-needed precipitation through the U.S. heartland this year has replenished soil moisture, refilled ponds and promises to boost crop yields, thanks to the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, according to Iowa State University agricultural climatologist Elwynn Taylor. And the benefits for the Midwest may continue into 2016.
9/1/2015 8:00:00 AM

International Swine Feed Efficiency Conference to be held in Omaha

Kansas State University and Iowa State University are teaming up to host the International Conference on Feed Efficiency in Swine at the Hilton Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, Oct. 21-22, 2015.
9/1/2015 8:00:00 AM


An important indicator of dairy herd productivity is the age of the herd’s dairy heifers at first calving.   That was confirmed in recent research, which then went on to link that to the size of the dairy herd and to the frequency of daily milking.  The findings are worth considering, especially for smaller-herd operators, as outlined this week by K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk.

8/31/2015 7:00:00 PM

Cow Herd Mineral Supplements Play Audio

K-State beef cattle nutritionist Chris Reinhardt talks about year-round mineral supplementation strategies for the cow herd...a topic he addressed at the recent K-State Beef Conference series.

8/30/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University provides this week's cattle market analysis:  he is urging cattle producers not to panic, in the wake of the market bearishness that has resulted from broader international economic concerns....he also talks about the potential for considerable wheat grazing opportunities this fall, and how that may help lift the recently-struggling feeder cattle market.

8/30/2015 7:00:00 PM

Current Cattle Cycle Play Audio

Montana State University livestock economist Gary Brester talks about where the beef industry stands in the current cattle cycle, and the rate at which cattle numbers might grow in the next couple of years...he says that this cattle cycle differs greatly from the notable herd expansion episodes of the past.

8/24/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Commodity Title in the Current Farm Bill Play Audio

Mississippi State University agricultural economist Keith Coble talks about the present state of the commodity title in the current farm bill, and if there are any indications how well the new program options are working....he also looks at the future of the crop insurance program, saying that it could well be in the crosshairs for a serious budget cut when that issue arises again in Congress.

8/24/2015 7:00:00 PM

Omega-3 Beef Study Play Audio

K-State agricultural economist Sean Fox reports on a new study of consumer interest in beef that has been "enhanced" by a greatly-promoted health additive, omega-3 fatty acid...their intent was to compare consumer attitudes about such a product to attitudes about grass-fed and conventionally-fed beef.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

K-State livestock economist Glynn Tonsor offers his latest analysis of the cattle markets, coming off a notably bearish week:  he talks about the general concerns on the global economic scene, and how those are reflecting on the cattle trades, and takes a look at the USDA's cattle-on-feed and cold storage reports which were released last week.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Dairy producers:  have you ever wondered how temperature can affect cow herd re-breeding? K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk says there’s been some good research on that question.  This week, he talks about the optimum dairy cow body temperature range for successful servicing.

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Ralph Lagergren

From rotors to Rageball 5. This unusual phrase describes the diverse types of new products which one remarkable rural entrepreneur has worked on developing.
8/19/2015 8:00:00 AM

Beef Cattle Movement and Spread of Disease Play Audio

K-State electrical and computer engineer Caterina Scoglio reports on a new technique she and colleagues have developed, in cooperation with K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine, that estimates the routine movement of beef cattle in Kansas, and tying that in to the risk of an infectious bovine disease being spread....this will be an important tool for the beef industry in preparing for such an outbreak.

8/18/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural Land Values, Part Two Play Audio

Griffin and Taylor continue their discussion.

8/17/2015 7:00:00 PM

Agricultural Land Values, Part One Play Audio

K-State agricultural economists Terry Griffin and Mykel Taylor talk about a new method they've devised for estimating farm and ranch land values, using historical land price data....they explain how this can be useful in determining land value basis for tax purposes and for tracking land value trends...they also talk about the USDA's latest Kansas agricultural land value data, and what it suggests about rental rate trends ahead...and they tell about the topics they'll be addressing at the K-State Risk and Profit Conference later this week, with registrations for that event still being taken.

8/17/2015 7:00:00 PM

Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Kate Brooks of the University of Nebraska provides this week's cattle market commentary:  she talks about the announcement of a large beef packing plant in Iowa closing, and what that means to the market...and she tells about a new guide for cattle producers on utilizing Livestock Risk Protection insurance as a cog of their operation's price risk management strategy.

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


It may still be August, but winter will soon be upon us, and it’s never too early to have your dairy farm in winter-ready shape. There are several components to consider when getting ready for extended cold weather on the dairy operation. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk suggests some things to consider along that line right now.

8/16/2015 7:00:00 PM

Study of Enhanced Beef Cuts Play Audio

K-State meat scientist Travis O'Quinn reports on a new K-State study of beef consumer response to "enhanced" beef cuts...using a special solution to improve the palatability of cuts that are rated below the choice beef category.

8/12/2015 7:00:00 PM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Dawn Gabel - National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame

“Creating a classroom.” That’s something that teachers do frequently. Today we’ll learn about a Kansan who is creating a classroom for agriculture, but not inside a traditional school. This Kansan is leading a national center which provides a living experience to help people of all ages learn about agriculture.
8/12/2015 8:00:00 AM

Fatigue Cattle Syndrome Play Audio

The director of the Beef Cattle Institute at K-State, Dan Thomson, reports on important new research which confirms a feedlot cattle condition dubbed "fatigue cattle syndrome"...this study discovered the actual cause of highly-publicized cattle mobility issues at the packing plant which occurred a couple of years ago, and that the use of beta-agonist products in cattle finishing was not the root of the problem.

8/11/2015 7:00:00 PM

Low-Stress Cattle Handling Play Audio

K-State beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner talks about the principles of low-stress cattle handling...methods of approaching cattle that lessen their stress when working, driving or transporting them.

8/10/2015 7:00:00 PM

Preconditioning For Beef Calves Play Audio

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek talks about what cow-calf producers should do for a preconditioning program for beef calves to help them withstand the stresses of weaning and entering the marketing chain. This includes considerations such as vaccinations, deworming and environmental control to particularly help prevent bovine respiratory disease. He also speaks on economical incentives for preconditioning.

8/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

The Weekly Cattle Markets Report Play Audio

Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University provides this week's commentary on the cattle markets, including highlights of the USDA's recent report on cash rent and land values and its implications for pasture values, herd expansion and some causes for that process being slower than normal, as well as an overview of a paper he and others recently published looking at factors affecting preconditioned calf price premiums and how seller reputation for preconditioning plays a role.

8/9/2015 7:00:00 PM

Beef Cattle Institute Collaborates with Merck Animal Health to Produce Educational Modules

The Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University, in conjunction with Merck Animal Health, has released the first module in the CreatingConnections™ Educational Series, which features industry experts who share insights and proven techniques to help ensure low-stress cattle handling.
8/7/2015 8:00:00 AM


Now is the time to start thinking about forage supply for the next year. K-State dairy specialist Mike Brouk has suggestions for what to consider when thinking about providing forage for dairies for this upcoming year.                                                                 

8/6/2015 7:00:00 PM

Meat Product Safety Update Play Audio

K-State meats specialist Liz Boyle talks about several current developments in meat product safety, including changes to product preparation guidelines that local locker plants are undertaking.

8/4/2015 7:00:00 PM